Published by the composer
A setting of a lovely poem by Irish poet and artist George William Russell that explores the interdependence of nature as taken from a tree’s POV.
Duration: 3’ 51”
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On me to rest, my bird, my bird:
The swaying branches of my heart
Are blown by every wind toward
The home where-to their wings depart.
Build not your nest, my bird, on me;
I know no peace but ever sway:
O lovely bird, be free, be free,
On the wild music of the day.
But sometimes when your wings would rest,
And winds are laid on quiet eves:
Come, I will bear you breast to breast,
And lap you close with loving leaves.